Our Blog Archive

Because we're passionate about the web, we're always banging on about it to anyone who will listen. You can find a collection of our thoughts here.

Ten Web Site Copy Writing Tips for SEO

Ten Web Site Copy Writing Tips for SEO

Posted on: 30 June 2015

Much of what determines the search engine visibility of your web page is what happens off the page - the incoming links that point to it and the trust and authority that you build up.

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Leap Second - 30th June 2015

Leap Second - 30th June 2015

Posted on: 30 June 2015

Hosting Advisory At midnight tonight an extra second - a so called "leap second" will be added to all atomic clocks.

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Newcastle gets our Vote!

Newcastle gets our Vote!

Posted on: 07 May 2015

It was election day five years ago when I wrote this blog post about our decision to open an office in Newcastle. Looking back over the last five years I'm certain we made the right choice.

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What does Conversion Focused Web Strategy actually mean and how can it be delivered

What does Conversion Focused Web Strategy actually mean and how can it be delivered

Posted on: 25 March 2015

Pitches for new client work are always interesting and welcomed. A lot of effort goes into them at our end and also at the potential customer end in writing the brief we are responding to.

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Mobile Usability Issues and Mobilegeddon

Mobile Usability Issues and Mobilegeddon

Posted on: 20 March 2015

Have you had an email from Google about mobile usability issues? Fix mobile usability issues found on www.yoursite.co.uk Google systems have tested xx pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors.

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Hosting Security Update - January 2015

Hosting Security Update - January 2015

Posted on: 30 January 2015

January has been a busy month for server security updates. All updates listed below are a based on worldwide security notices.

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A guide to getting your first business start-up website

A guide to getting your first business start-up website

Posted on: 09 January 2015

So you've got your business plan sorted and your business name is pretty much confirmed. Contracts for premises are being prepared and you're even thinking about recruiting staff. But *usually* left until the very last moment is the website.

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Find Out if Your Web Site is Mobile Friendly

Find Out if Your Web Site is Mobile Friendly

Posted on: 02 January 2015

If you've searched Google on a mobile phone, you might have noticed the new 'mobile friendly' label next to qualifying search results.

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Eighteen Years Young

Eighteen Years Young

Posted on: 05 November 2014

Oh to be eighteen again.  How many times have I thought that to myself? To have that energy, that thirst for knowledge and that constant smile on my youthful face. It would be marvellous. But how much better would being eighteen be if I could know then what I knew now?

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Is Now the Time to go Secure?

Is Now the Time to go Secure?

Posted on: 16 September 2014

Not long ago, Google search head honcho Matt Cutts said that if it were up to him, the existence of a secure server on a domain would be a ranking factor. This was slightly unusual, as Google don't often reveal actual ranking factors in public.

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We Love Being Busy

We Love Being Busy

Posted on: 11 July 2014

We have been taking on some bigger and bigger projects lately, which is really exciting for us, but we love to be busy, so if you have something small in mind please do get in touch.

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The SEO advantages of Schema

The SEO advantages of Schema

Posted on: 11 July 2014

With the recent excitement of the Tour de France I am reminded of the famous phrase coined by Sir Dave Brailsford, the Olympic Cycling ex-coach and current Team Sky leader. He said that part of the success of the team was down to the aggregation of marginal gains.

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10 Great Tips for Law Firm Website Design

10 Great Tips for Law Firm Website Design

Posted on: 07 July 2014

Law firm and solicitor websites are something that we are becoming a bit of a specialist in. Our latest one is for Parklane Plowden and we thought it would be helpful to share ten great tips to help improve your law firm website. 1.

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10 Top Tips for Estate Agent Website Design

10 Top Tips for Estate Agent Website Design

Posted on: 04 July 2014

Estate agent websites are about two things; property search and convincing customers that you are the best agent for them.

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Prioritising Content in Web Design

Prioritising Content in Web Design

Posted on: 19 June 2014

A common design habit is to show as much as possible. Show all the links all at once. Show as many messages as possible. Make everything bright, bold and stand out. While this is understandable as you don't want users to miss out or not being able to find things it can become counter-productive.

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Designing with Human Instinct

Designing with Human Instinct

Posted on: 18 June 2014

Although the practice of web design is relatively new, certain design principles that are hundreds of years old can easily be transferrable.

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The Importance of Aesthetics

The Importance of Aesthetics

Posted on: 17 June 2014

Much has been made of the need to make things usable or to concentrate on functionality but sometimes we have to consider that aesthetics for the sake of aesthetics do play a considerable part of web design. This is because of a simple idea.

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How to improve your Calls to Action

How to improve your Calls to Action

Posted on: 09 May 2014

One of the first questions we ask our clients is “What are your objectives”. This will always help clarify purpose, commercial outcomes, ROI and also lead us to understand how to prioritise the actual consumer journey on a website. This journey will always have a Call to Action (CTA).

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20 Ways E-Commerce WebSite Owners can Make More Money

20 Ways E-Commerce WebSite Owners can Make More Money

Posted on: 08 May 2014

Let's say you have an e-commerce website. It's working ok, people are finding the site, it looks good and works well, and you're happy to see the orders coming in.

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How to Increase Conversions with Video

How to Increase Conversions with Video

Posted on: 28 April 2014

Last month Animoto, a video creation firm, released some survey results that reinforce the power of using video on your web site.

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We're a Registered Provider for the North East Business Support Fund

We're a Registered Provider for the North East Business Support Fund

Posted on: 15 April 2014

As of today, we are a registered provider for NBSL’s North East Business Support Fund, which aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness.

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Beware of Phishing Scams! People urged to change passwords due to Heartbleed SSL flaw

Beware of Phishing Scams! People urged to change passwords due to Heartbleed SSL flaw

Posted on: 09 April 2014

Beware of Phishing Scams, as people are urged to change passwords by some trusted media due to Heartbleed SSL flaw There is much in the news today about a software flaw in some SSL software, dubbed Heartbleed.

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Measuring ROI on a Responsive Web Site

Measuring ROI on a Responsive Web Site

Posted on: 26 February 2014

When we redesigned the Jigsaw Puzzles Direct web site last summer, one of the key objectives the web site owner gave me was to increase sales revenue from customers on mobile devices.

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Do Social Signals contribute to your position in Google?

Do Social Signals contribute to your position in Google?

Posted on: 28 January 2014

So one of the most compelling reasons for some businesses to do social is to get a benefit in the Search Engine Results. It is often argued that Google can pick up the Likes, Shares and Tweets attributed to a business and use these social signals as a ranking factor.

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ICANN Domain Validation

ICANN Domain Validation

Posted on: 22 January 2014

New worldwide regulations have come into force for .com .net and .org domain names that require an email to be sent to all customers asking them to verify their email address. If you are in any doubt that this is not a legitimate email please just forward it to us.

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Ten Ways to Get More Out of Your Web Site in 2014

Ten Ways to Get More Out of Your Web Site in 2014

Posted on: 02 January 2014

Make sure you get a measurable return from your web site this year with our top ten tips for 2014: Freshen It Up 1. Add a blog, and try to write a blog post once a week or so. Go Social 2.

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Jakob Nielsens Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsens Usability Heuristics

Posted on: 12 December 2013

I recently read Jakob Nielsen's "10 Usability Heuristics" and I was so impressed I wanted to put them here on our blog for you to read.  What's astonishing is that these guidelines were written in 1994, two years before we began building web sites at Edward Robertson.

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Five Social Media Statistics that Might Surprise You

Five Social Media Statistics that Might Surprise You

Posted on: 04 December 2013

1. Social Media has Overtaken Porn as the Most Popular activity on the Web Social media is more important than ever, and it's not going away.  It's been shown that 23% of Facebook users check their accounts five times or more every day. 2.

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North East Business Awards 2014

North East Business Awards 2014

Posted on: 02 December 2013

A little reminder: entries for the North East Business Awards need to be completed by Friday 13th December.

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How to prepare for Google in 2014

How to prepare for Google in 2014

Posted on: 01 December 2013

Google has made some really big changes in the past year. What with Pandas, Penguins and the Hummingbird you would be forgiven for being both confused and anxious about the coming year.Many people have suggested that SEO is dead. And in the traditional sense of Directory Links it is.

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When the Problem is Not Provided

When the Problem is Not Provided

Posted on: 19 November 2013

Throw a stick into a crowd of our clients and you're sure to hit one that uses Google Analytics.  It's a fantastic tool to tell you who is coming to your web site, where they are coming from, what they do when they arrive and how long they stay.

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Seventeen (and still learning)

Seventeen (and still learning)

Posted on: 06 November 2013

On the first of November this year we celebrated our seventeenth birthday. Simon and myself started Edward Robertson in 1996.  That sounds a very long time ago now.

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Making High End Design affordable for those with Lower Budgets.

Making High End Design affordable for those with Lower Budgets.

Posted on: 12 September 2013

We're extremely proud of the design work that we do here at Edward Robertson. And when we say "design" we are in total agreement with Steve Jobs when he said: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

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Bespoke Online Store or Off The Shelf solution?

Bespoke Online Store or Off The Shelf solution?

Posted on: 06 September 2013

The value of the UK eCommerce market in 2012 was estimated at £78 billion and with low overheads and quick setup times many small businesses are finding it easier to get a piece of the action with their own online store.

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If you can, they can. Vote for Clothesmac today

If you can, they can. Vote for Clothesmac today

Posted on: 26 July 2013

We work with all types of businesses but we get a particular kind of kick out of working with small businesses from the ground floor up. That's why we're particularly proud to be involved with Clothesmac who have managed to get to the finals of the 2013 "If you can, we can" challenge.

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Responsive web sites are better for SEO

Responsive web sites are better for SEO

Posted on: 12 July 2013

You might have missed this, but it's pretty big news if you create web sites that you want to be found by search engines.

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The Evolution of Responsive Navigation Menus

The Evolution of Responsive Navigation Menus

Posted on: 01 July 2013

Responsive web design has become popular so quickly that one of the main things we have noticed is how conventions and best practices have changed quicker than usual. So in this blog post, we want to discuss the evolution of responsive navigation.

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Linen 4 Less gets a responsive makeover

Linen 4 Less gets a responsive makeover

Posted on: 17 May 2013

We have many clients at Edward Robertson Web Design that we have created websites and online stores for over the years and with the changes in technology and browser capabilities this has meant that some of these older sites are in need of a makeover.

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Is your website mobile friendly?

Is your website mobile friendly?

Posted on: 16 April 2013

Here at Edward Robertson we believe that responsive design is going to be a big part of the future of the web and with mobile browsing tripling in the last two years (Source: InfoWorld.com) there's never been a better time to run some diagnostics on your site.

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Is Responsive Web Design Worth It?

Is Responsive Web Design Worth It?

Posted on: 05 March 2013

The redesigned, responsive Schofield and Sims web site has been live for just over a month now, so I thought it would be interesting to see if the sales figures back up our belief that a responsive site will improve revenue from mobile devices.

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Top Ten Responsive Web Sites

Top Ten Responsive Web Sites

Posted on: 26 February 2013

Hello pop-pickers, and welcome to the run down of our Top Ten Favourite Responsive Web Sites.

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Interflora No Longer Smelling Of Roses

Interflora No Longer Smelling Of Roses

Posted on: 22 February 2013

We understand that search engine rankings can be crucial to a business, the difference between a first page listing on Google and a second page listing can be the difference between a profit and a loss, so I can see how tempting it would be to take short cuts or do something a little shady to get to

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Realtime Customer Reviews on Twitter

Realtime Customer Reviews on Twitter

Posted on: 07 February 2013

I love shopping online, and like many people I visit review sites to read other people's shopping experiences. Lately through I started to get a bit frustrated with them, the reviews seemed to be out of date, biased or blatantly fake, and I started to look for something better.

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Top 8 Christmas Websites

Top 8 Christmas Websites

Posted on: 18 December 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, we at Edward Robertson thought we'd share some of our favourite christmas websites and Christmas themed website designs. 1. Christmas Cookies Over 500 recipes for that perfect Christmas cookie. It covers cookies, fudge and even bar cookies!

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5 Reasons you need a Mobile Friendly Website

5 Reasons you need a Mobile Friendly Website

Posted on: 28 November 2012

We've all noticed it. More and more of our internet consumption is coming through our smartphones and websites are adapting to suit are mobile browsing needs. But why should you make your website more friendly for mobile users? Surely mobile users are in the minority? Well not anymore.

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10 Simple Tips for School Website Design

10 Simple Tips for School Website Design

Posted on: 13 November 2012

Having worked on numerous school websites such as Newcastle Preparatory School and Durham School, we thought it would be a good idea to share our top ten simple tips for improving your school website design. 1.

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Our Best Shot

Our Best Shot

Posted on: 18 October 2012

We're very proud to announce the launch of Best Shots, a fantastic photographic competition Web site designed and built by us and run by our friends at The Station Charity, Richmond.

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Featured by .Net Magazine

Featured by .Net Magazine

Posted on: 07 September 2012

Our web site redesign was featured by .net magazine, as part of a tutorial on how to create Responsive web sites. Internet usage on mobile phones is accelerating, so having a web site that works well on a mobile phone is an essential part of today's web design.

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Are You Reliant on Organic Search Engine Traffic?  If So, Beware

Are You Reliant on Organic Search Engine Traffic? If So, Beware

Posted on: 03 August 2012

If you use google regularly, you will have seen the shift towards paid ads taking up more and more of the page.  In fact, according to an article by Wordstream, paid ads now take up over 85% of the screen space above the fold.

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Outnumbered!

Outnumbered!

Posted on: 30 July 2012

Huge congratulations to Chris, who became a dad this weekend.  It means that between the thirteen of us working at Edward Robertson there are now fourteen children, we are outnumbered!

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Excellent Track Record in Responsive Web Sites

Excellent Track Record in Responsive Web Sites

Posted on: 24 July 2012

The London Olympics are only days away, so we've had a bit of fun in the office and created a web site where you can predict the winner of the hundred metres race.

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New Staff Member in Newcastle Office

Posted on: 06 July 2012

As we expand our ability to deliver Responsive Web sites, we're expanding the team here at Edward Robertson. Paul Tissington has joined our Newcastle office, making him lucky employee number thirteen!

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Responsive Web Site Gets Return Already

Responsive Web Site Gets Return Already

Posted on: 20 June 2012

We created a web site for a top London planning law firm, and they've got new work from it already. We launched www.paulwinterandco.

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Responsive Web Site for Oxford University Conference

Responsive Web Site for Oxford University Conference

Posted on: 12 April 2012

The new web site for the Joint Planning Law Conference, held in Oxford University, has just gone live, and it's one of our first fully responsive web sites.

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Back to School for the Directors

Back to School for the Directors

Posted on: 28 March 2012

This week we launched the new Durham School web site. It's a web site that we're very proud of, particularly as Simon and Graham are old pupils of the school.

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We've Always Been Responsive to Our Customers...

We've Always Been Responsive to Our Customers...

Posted on: 02 March 2012

And by that I mean that we're not the kind of web agency that sets up your web site and leaves you to fend for yourself.  We've always been available to chat about making the most of your web site, sorting out the technical stuff or helping you to overcome any hurdles that pop up along the way.

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New School web site is Top Class

New School web site is Top Class

Posted on: 07 February 2012

Today we launched the new web site for Westfield School, an independent school for girls in Gosforth in Newcastle. It's a web site I'm very proud of, the team here has done some fantastic work on the design and on the technical development of it.

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Money Saving Website Launch

Money Saving Website Launch

Posted on: 06 February 2012

I thought I would share with you one of our in-house projects: MoneySavingVoucherCodes. We all like to save money, so we have set up a great site dedicated to providing visitors with the latest high street voucher codes, take a look!    www.facebook.

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From Fascinators to Undercarriage

From Fascinators to Undercarriage

Posted on: 31 January 2012

We love to create web sites for all kinds of businesses, as demonstrated by two of our most recent site launches: Hats n Stuff hand make fabulous fascinators in their studio in Darlington whereas Berco have a 150,000 square foot site in County Durham where they manufacture undercarriage for original

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New site built for West Park Academy

New site built for West Park Academy

Posted on: 10 January 2012

Another great site launch: West Park Academy is the new name for Alderman Leach Primary School in Darlington. They wanted a site that suited the audience, was friendly and eye catching. We are also building a brand new Learning Platform for them.

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Another great site launch

Another great site launch

Posted on: 13 December 2011

Another great site launch. The look and feel of this site fits Natural Hero's innovative product range: sport pain relief products which are made from 98% natural ingredients. See for yourself at www.naturalhero.co.uk

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New Site Launched for The Education Village

New Site Launched for The Education Village

Posted on: 29 November 2011

We are really thrilled with the new Education Village website we have built. The site is designed with their new identity and the great use of images really brings these three academies to life. Visit it online at www.educationvillage.org.uk

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New site launched for Darlings of Chelsea

New site launched for Darlings of Chelsea

Posted on: 05 October 2011

Darlings of Chelsea offer hand made sofas which are made by skilled craftsmen with many years of experience. The new website too is built to exceptionally high standards and we are proud of this fresh looking and easy to use site which is in our eyes, nothing short of stunning.

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No image for Autism Dimensions web site Measures Up.

Autism Dimensions web site Measures Up.

Posted on: 04 October 2011

We love it when people take the plunge and start their own business, so when Anne and Daniel Simpson came to us to talk about a web site for their new venture we were very excited.

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Edgerank - the Facebook Secret Formula

Edgerank - the Facebook Secret Formula

Posted on: 07 September 2011

No doubt you use Facebook, and if you've got a Facebook page for your business you'll be keen to get all of those "likes" from your customers, and potential customers. Getting someone to "like" you means whatever you say appears in their feed. Doesn't it?

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New face in the Newcastle Office

Posted on: 10 August 2011

Today we welcomed Kevan Bulmer to Edward Robertson.  Kevan is a web developer with special skills in .net programming, and he'll be the senior web developer working in our Newcastle office.

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Google +1 your Web Site

Google +1 your Web Site

Posted on: 13 July 2011

Do you want your users to recommend your web site to others on Google's search results?  Then you need a Google +1 button.   People can click the +1 button on your site to give it their stamp of approval.

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Sadie the Bra Lady has a new web site

Sadie the Bra Lady has a new web site

Posted on: 30 June 2011

Today we launched the new Sadie the Bra Lady web site.  We built Sadie's first web site back in  2003, and although it was still working well, Sadie wanted to bring her site up to date.

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New Vet web site is "Up to Scratch"

New Vet web site is "Up to Scratch"

Posted on: 10 June 2011

Today we launched a new web site for Abbey Vets, an accredited veterinary practice based in Durham and Chester le Street.  The main objectives of the web site are to encourage pet owners to register their pets or to make an appointment, so these links are prominent on every page.

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"Something new" for wedding florist

"Something new" for wedding florist

Posted on: 20 May 2011

The new Planet Flowers web site has gone live today, and it's something we're very proud of. Planet Flowers are an incredibly creative wedding and event florist based in Edinburgh.  They use the setting of the venue to transform traditional floral design and create innovative floral displays.

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Exciting new social media project for ubu

Exciting new social media project for ubu

Posted on: 17 May 2011

We are working on an exciting new social media project for ubu.Katie's calendar is a monthly video diary that chronicles her life and how ubu support her.

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Quality keeps Google happy

Quality keeps Google happy

Posted on: 10 May 2011

The Google "Panda" update hit the UK last month, which was an attempt by Google to improve the quality of their search engine results by altering their secret algorithm, and some well known sites have seen a substantial drop in traffic as a result.

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New site launches for carpets2floors

New site launches for carpets2floors

Posted on: 10 May 2011

Carpets2floors is the internet solution for your commercial flooring needs. As account holders with most major flooring manufacturers, carpets2floors can usually supply flooring products at the most competitive prices with free delivery to any U.K. mainland address.

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Sold! New Estate Agents Site goes Live

Sold! New Estate Agents Site goes Live

Posted on: 27 April 2011

Today we put the new Browns Estate Agency web site live, which is a real step forward from the old site (which we created a few years back).  The new site allows customers to search for properties for sale or for rent, and shows the results either as a list or plotted on a google map.

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Paul Swift Precision Driving site launched

Paul Swift Precision Driving site launched

Posted on: 11 April 2011

We are really excited to feature www.paulswift.com. If you watch BBC's Top Gear and you also coveted the car shown in Audi's recent commercial for the R8 Spyder you'll probably really enjoy viewing this site too.

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Five Gmail Time Savers

Five Gmail Time Savers

Posted on: 25 February 2011

I bought web user magazine today (it's got a great writeup of Sell My Old Mobile Phone in the "252 Must Visit Web Sites" section) and there was a very good feature on using Gmail.

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Ample Bosom Site Launched

Ample Bosom Site Launched

Posted on: 15 February 2011

Proud to announce the launch of the website www.amplebosom.com We have custom integrated a back office system with the front of the website which will enable Ample Bosom to deliver their amazing innovative customer service.

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We're hiring! .NET developer wanted

Posted on: 10 February 2011

We're expanding, and we're looking for a full time .NET developer to join our Newcastle office (just opposite the Telegraph pub).  This is a great opportunity to work on a number of projects for a broad range of clients.

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New Dunhouse site launched

New Dunhouse site launched

Posted on: 09 February 2011

We are proud to announce the launch of the redesigned www.dunhouse.co.uk site! Dunhouse specializes in supplying stone, dressed stone and stone products to the commercial sector and major contractors both nationally and internationally for your new build and restoration needs.

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Sell my old mobile phone nominated for North East business award

Sell my old mobile phone nominated for North East business award

Posted on: 07 February 2011

We are very proud to announce that www.sellmyoldmobilephone.co.uk has been shortlisted for the Internet and ICT award in the North East Business awards. Read more at: http://blog.sellmyoldmobilephone.co.uk/2011/02/shortlisted-for-north-east-business.html

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IoD Shortlist of Best North East Investor Directors

Posted on: 20 January 2011

The IoD has drawn up a list of The North Easts best Investor Directors who are driving the region’s economy forward by investing in their organisations - and guess what - our very own Graham Miller made it on the list. You can read more here

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Social Media Now an Official Search Engine Ranking Factor

Social Media Now an Official Search Engine Ranking Factor

Posted on: 18 January 2011

It's official - we live in a social world. Google and Bing have both announced that they now use social data in their search results algorithms.

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No image for New website launched for The Children's Furniture Company by Edward Robertson

New website launched for The Children's Furniture Company by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 17 January 2011

You can see the new site at: http://www.thechildrensfurniturecompany.com/

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Need help with a cool idea?

Need help with a cool idea?

Posted on: 12 January 2011

If you've got an idea for a cool app, an office add-in or need a complex spreadsheet making, you need www.nicheofficeapps.com.As specialists in creating custom office applications, this team can make your idea a reality and they are ready to hear from you.

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No image for Getting rid of your old mobile phone?

Getting rid of your old mobile phone?

Posted on: 01 December 2010

This cool new site is good for the environment, great for your pocket and very pleasing on the eye. With great new mobile phones coming out all the time, it seems such a waste to bin your old phone when you upgrade. With sellmyoldmobilephone.co.

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No image for A trio of websites launched for STR Enterprises

A trio of websites launched for STR Enterprises

Posted on: 16 November 2010

The Victoria Hotel, Manor House Hotel and Honest Lawyer Hotel now have 3 sparkling new sites with the corporate brand. These new sites, all part of STR Enterprises, use standardised content management systems and on-line booking tools.

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New Fallen Angel Hotel website launched

Posted on: 02 November 2010

The new www.fallenangelhotel.com website has been designed to emulate the luxury and richness of the Fallen Angel Hotel. We've made good use of photography from the many varied rooms and shots from the dining areas to give users overview and a taste of the hotel itself.

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Activity Toys Direct site redesigned

Posted on: 26 October 2010

The new www.activitytoysdirect.com site has an exciting and interactive fresh design which makes the browsing experience more fun and interesting for the user. New navigation features also increase the usability of the site, giving more control and offer a more direct search interface.

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New site created for Greendoor

Posted on: 19 October 2010

green-door.com is a specialist company that offers Building Control services including Thermal Calculations, Fire Risk Assessments, Access Consultancy and Strucural Engineering solutions.

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New Toymonkey site launched

New Toymonkey site launched

Posted on: 06 October 2010

www.toymonkey.com which is a family based company, sell classic board games and exciting new toys to inspire the imagination of families.

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New HTML5 site launched.

Posted on: 20 September 2010

Today we launched a new site for www.brightstarproductions.tv, a corporate video production company, and it's our first HTML5 site.   HTML5 is the most up to date version of the HTML standard (the code web pages are written in) so it shows that our programming methods are bang up to date.

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New website launched for UBU by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 07 September 2010

UBU help people make the best of themselves and the most of their lives. UBU wanted a website that would be really different from their competitors. For us the key thing was to get across the personality, professionalism and soul of the company.

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Are you getting the right links from Google?

Are you getting the right links from Google?

Posted on: 03 August 2010

Go to google and search for your business name.     Underneath your listing you should see some smaller links, to sub sections of your site, these are called sitelinks.  (If you search for Edward Robertson the sitelinks are 'who we are', 'what we do', 'blog' and 'contact us'.

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No image for New website launched for Langton House Cottages by Edward Robertson

New website launched for Langton House Cottages by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 19 July 2010

Langton House self catering holiday cottages are nestled in the charming conservation hamlet of Langton on the Durham/Yorkshire border. There are two luxuriously renovated stone built 16th century converted barns, sleeping 6 and 7 guests. You can see the new site at: http://www.

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No image for New vintage clothing website launched for Pretty Vacant Vintage by Edward Robertson

New vintage clothing website launched for Pretty Vacant Vintage by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 12 July 2010

As a longterm avid collector and magpie of all things vintage, with a penchant for the 50s pin-up look. I decided to turn my passion into a business. The result a handpicked, quirky, ecclectic mix of vintage finds, that is Pretty Vacant Vintage.

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No image for New i-dea Energy Surveys website launched by Edward Robertson

New i-dea Energy Surveys website launched by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 21 June 2010

Industry-Leader in the provision of energy performance certificates. i-dea ltd offers regional, industry leading, quality services for Energy Efficiency of Domestic and Commercial Buildings including EPCs, SAP Calcs, Air Pressure Testing and Home Energy Advice.

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A quick guide to getting more links

Posted on: 15 June 2010

We all know that getting other people to link to your site can help increase the optimisation, and traffic your site gets, but some struggle with actually doing it.  Here are ten tips of getting incoming links to your site that you can read with a sandwich in your hand this lunch.

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New Business Plan Wiz website launched by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 15 June 2010

BusinessPlanWiz has been developed as a brand by Business Umbrella Ltd., formed in August 2006 to be the hub for a suite of internet sites intended to help home-based businesses, sole traders and small businesses with their business planning.

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Mullen and Mullen - bespoke tailoring

Posted on: 07 June 2010

Damien and Dominic Mullen are passionate about bespoke tailoring. Making customers look and feel great in their clothes is why they get up every day. Mullen and Mullen is a family business, priding itself on the quality of service, clothes and the attention given to their customers.

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The problem with long URLs is no longer a problem.

Posted on: 01 June 2010

When writing emails or making Facebook entries that include links, have you ever noticed how some links can be really long and messy? Well this little site is what you need: http://www.bit.ly/ http://www.bit.ly/ is a simple site that shortens long website URLs.

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An exciting new site launch!

Posted on: 24 May 2010

We've all seen and heard the commercials, now Franks has an exciting new site too. With the widest selection of flooring in the north available, Franks offers some great idea’s to help achieve that special look in your home. You can see the new site at http://www.franksfactoryflooring.co.uk

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You want it? We've probably made a site for it!

Posted on: 17 May 2010

Some gifts for the kids, fine wine to dine.A nice summer walk, some chocs - very fine.Good clothes, new haircut, fresh flowers, for you.Financial Advice, fresh meat to BBQ.All can be found, in one little spot.If you want to learn more, we've made sites for the lot! See our portfolio.

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Summer time is coming!

Posted on: 10 May 2010

With the summer months coming up, is anyone else thinking of holidays? Edward Robertson have made some very exciting sites that can give ideas for globe trotting and days out: http://www.edwardrobertson.co.uk/portfolio.Bring on the sun!

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It's Decision Day

Posted on: 06 May 2010

With the election polls opening this morning, today is a day to make some important decisions about our future.   We've taken a big decision today too, and have signed the lease on a Newcastle office.

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New Sarah Voysey website launched by Edward Robertson

Posted on: 05 May 2010

Sarah Voysey is a portrait photographer, wedding photographer and photo artist in Newcastle. Sarah has nine years experience of capturing and processing digital images and has lectured at a wide range of Universities on digital processing techniques.

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Integrate your site more deeply with Facebook and Social Media

Posted on: 30 April 2010

"Follow us on Facebook" links, or share buttons have been with us for a long time. Our skill is in trying to make these buttons commercially successful for our clients.

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Nominations for North East Business Awards

Nominations for North East Business Awards

Posted on: 02 March 2010

We've got our fingers crossed for Headlam Hall and Hall Hill Farm, both of which have been shortlisted for the Internet award at the North East Business Awards. Since we created the web sites, both have had measurable success, something the judges look for in creating the shortlist.

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Get Local with Bing

Posted on: 11 January 2010

Bing released a mobile app for the iPhone last month, which features Bing maps (a bit like Google maps).  It uses the GPS on your phone to know where you are, and shows you places of interest and how to get to them.

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Want to Protect Your Online Reputation?

Posted on: 10 August 2009

You need to know what people are saying about you - if you sign up for a Google Alerts you can be notified whenever your company name or products are mentioned, allowing you to respond quickly and appropriately.

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123456789 Day

Posted on: 07 August 2009

As I write this, the numbers in the current date and time will all be running in sequence from 1 to 9.Happy 12:34:56 07/08/09 Day!Of course, if you're American, you celebrated this just over a month ago. If you're nocturnal, you may also have been awake during another sequence: 04:05:06 07/08/09!

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Talking heads grab Attention

Posted on: 17 July 2009

We are constantly looking for ways to fulfil the old Marketing Maxim AIDA  - and particuarly the Attention bit. I just wanted to share with you some pretty cool video that we have put onto The Enterprise Agency website.

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Activity Day at Camp Hill

Posted on: 15 July 2009

Our activity afternoon at Camp Hill was absolutely fantastic. Starting off with an assault course, which was said to take 15 minutes but we blitzed in 13, we then got in the mood for the other fun activities and challenges to come.

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Get Google's Local Search to Work for You

Posted on: 14 July 2009

Most Google searches that include a region or city in the search (or even searches that are likely to be looking for local business, such as a search for plumber or pizza) will display a list of 10 local listings, along with a map.

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Away Day

Posted on: 23 June 2009

We're out at Camp Hill this afternoon racing buggies, rescuing a crashed plane and making a swing bridge, which should be fantastic fun! If you need us to do anything for you just send an email and we'll be back in work bright and early tomorrow morning.

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Protecting your website and staying safe online

Posted on: 12 May 2009

You may have heard a lot in the press recently about Phishing. This is the practice of fraudsters sending out emails pretending to be someone they are not and encouraging you to give away personal information. Often these emails really do look like they have come from an organisation you know.

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Eye-catching Images

Posted on: 20 March 2009

I have just made some Easter Amends to The Children's Furniture homepage. And it got me wanting to write about what grabs people's attention and creates a desire through emotions. Great images can make such a difference to a website.

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Google Knol

Posted on: 04 March 2009

What is Google Knol? Knol provides a platform on which "experts" can create a unit of knowledge—a Knol, on any topic. The main difference between Knol and Wikipedia, however, is the collaborative way in which the data is presented.

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Pondkeeper win Teesside New Business Award

Pondkeeper win Teesside New Business Award

Posted on: 11 February 2009

One of our clients, Pondkeeper, won the Teesside New Business Award last night - Congratulations Stephen! Pondkeeper, as the name suggests, is an e-commerce website that sells everything for your pond and is packed with useful information including Guides, Calculators and Forums.

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Get listed on BOTW and save 20%

Posted on: 11 February 2009

Everyone knows getting to the top of google depends on two things: the architecture, layout and programming of the web pages (this is something that we can take care of) the quality and quantity of imcoming links There aren't many places that we feel it's worth paying for a link, but http

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Polam Hall website

Posted on: 15 January 2009

We launched the new Polam Hall School website today. You can see it here.The site has some really great features including this Virtual Tour. We had the graphics custom drawn by a local artist and have used Polam's 360 degree tours to really immerse people into the School.

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New Edward Robertson website launched

Posted on: 15 November 2008

We felt it was about time we turned our attention to our own website. So here it is: easier to navigate and more news about what we are doing.

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North East Business Awards

North East Business Awards

Posted on: 04 March 2008

Phase One, a Disco and DJ equipment ecommerce website, has scooped the Teesvalley Internet award at a glittering Black Tie ceremony. The website http://www.djanddiscostuff.com was designed and built just 2 years ago by 11 year old North East web design agency Edward Robertson Limited.

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D2E Awards

Posted on: 16 July 2007

Darlington Borough Council has awarded prizes to three of the companies who had web sites created through the D2E e-commerce project. Two of the award winners were web sites that we had created: Resource Managements Solutions (RMS) and Phase 1 DJ Solutions.

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Healthy Workplace Awards

Posted on: 20 June 2007

Edward Robertson judged the Healthiest Workplace in the North East. We have been chosen as the healthiest place to work in the North East as part of a nationwide search by Yakult for the UK’s healthiest workplace.

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We Are Ten

Posted on: 01 November 2006

Happy Birthday to us, we are ten! It was 10 years ago today that Simon and Graham sat down in a small office in Darlington with a budget of £2000. "We had two ideas" recalls Simon, "it was to either set up a bar in Vietnam or set up a web design firm.

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Wheely Good

Posted on: 15 April 2005

Wheely Good, an interactive online Accessiblity Map of premises in Darlington, was launched at a press conference at Darlington Town Hall.

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EBGB 2003

Posted on: 06 November 2003

Graham Miller was one of the speakers at ebgb03, electronic business is good business, at Newcastle civic centre. The presentation was called "Don't just build it, promote it.

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Shopsafe Up For An Award

Posted on: 03 March 2003

Shopsafe.co.uk, the shopping directory of secure UK online shops and stores won the Internet Award at the Tees Valley Business Awards held on 10th April 2003...

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Newcastle Win

Posted on: 15 March 2002

Feeling OK won the Internet Award 2001 at the Newcastle and Tyneside Business Awards ceremony last night, held at the Federation Brewery, by the Metro Centre.

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Award Hat Trick

Posted on: 08 March 2002

Adventure Toys was presented with the Internet Award 2001 at the Tees Valley Business Awards ceremony last night, held at the Tall Trees hotel in Yarm.

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Site Of The Month

Posted on: 25 September 2001

The newly launched 'Border Art' site was awarded "E-Commerce Site of the Month" in the Autumn 2001 issue of Internet Works magazine. The site sells maps, paintings and drawings of the region your ancestors came from.

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Quite An Adventure

Posted on: 30 July 2001

Adventure Toys got the top spot in the Sunday Times review of online toy traders in their 'Doors' supplement yesterday, saying "the site is a breeze to use and help is easily accessible". The site had previously appeared in the press with the outbreak of the foot and mouth crisis.

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Hit Record

Posted on: 09 February 2001

We are celebrating creating over 10 million hits per month for our clients. Since 1996 we have built up a client base of over 100 local and national companies, and in January 2001 their combined traffic reached the magical ten million.

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Mirror Reflects On Feeling Fat

Posted on: 15 September 2000

FeelingFat.net, which launched in August, was named one of the sites of the week in Carol Vorderman's section of Daily Mirror today. The review said: "Need a bit of help and inspiration to shift those few pounds? Click onto www.feelingfat.net for down to earth, no nonsense approach.

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Top Award For Chips

Posted on: 18 February 2000

Chipsworld was named Tees Valley Best Business Web Site at last night's glittering awards ceremony attended by more than 700 of the region's top businessmen and women.

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